GALLOWAY – Three candidates are running in an uncontested race for the three open seats on the Galloway Township Public Schools Board of Education in the Nov. 8 election.
School board Vice President Suzette Cordero wants to return for another three-year term. Also running are Annette Alegret Carmen and Rosemary Goldberg. Board members Robert Iannacone and Beverly Evenson have chosen not to seek re-election, school business administrator Joy Nixon confirmed.
The Current asked each candidate to provide background information and answer a few questions. The following is culled from their responses.
Cordero, 44, who holds a master’s degree in business, is a director of audit at Unite Here Health. She has twins in the Galloway Middle School who previously attended Reeds Road.
Cordero has served on the Board of Education for about six years. She is the chair of the negotiations committee and a member of the finance committee.
Cordero said she is running because the district needs to continue the focus of providing a quality education for the children while being aware of the budgetary constraints in Galloway.
The board needs to continue working with the community, town council and the Greater Egg Harbor School District to ensure that everyone's needs are met, she said.
“I will continue to work with families, seniors, and government officials on budget issues. I will also continue to work with government to request funding for federal and state mandated programs that are not funded or currently underfunded,” Cordero said. “I will continue to work with the administration to ensure that our students and staff have a safe and secure environment.”
She said the two most important issues facing the district are student achievement and student and staff safety.
Cordero is an Atlantic County delegate to the board of directors for New Jersey School Boards Association. She has coached cheerleading and softball for the Galloway Township Athletic Association, soccer for Atlantic United and basketball for the Galloway Police Athletic League.
“I am proud of our students and all of their accomplishments. In my time as a member of the Galloway board, we have seen student achievements in academics, sports, and extracurricular activities,” Cordero said. “I am also very appreciative of the time and effort that our staff gives to our students. The education of our students truly is a community effort and I would like to continue to represent the community as a member of the board of education.”
Carmen, 47, has a master’s degree in Spanish and bachelor’s degrees in science and education. She was a substitute teacher from 1989 until 1996 and has been a teacher for 20 years. She teaches college prep environmental science and marine biology at Winslow Township High School in Atco. This is her first time running for public office.
Carmen said she wants to use her extensive background in education to serve on the Board of Education in Galloway.
“This was the very school system that educated me and is currently educating my son, Andrew. Of special interest to me in terms of education is making sure the students receive a well-rounded education while in a safe and secure environment, as well as having the teachers feel that they are supported in their endeavors.”
Carmen said she is a recently single working mother.
“My son takes precedence in my life,” Carmen said. “My hopes and anticipation are that I will be able to help make a difference.”
Goldberg, 65, is a retired teacher who was encouraged to run as a write-in candidate after only two people filed petitions to run for three open seats.
“When a school board member and a friend asked me to do it I was very flattered,” Goldberg said. “I thought carefully about the responsibilities of the board of education members before making this decision. I believe organizations like the school board play a major role in the community. Strong leadership and community involvement is needed to keep this one of the best school districts in Atlantic County.”
After graduating from high school, Goldberg served for eight years as a secretary and administrative assistant at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. She began teaching after graduating from Glassboro State College. She continued her training in a master’s program. She taught at St. Phillips in Brigantine and in Egg Harbor City before teaching in Galloway from 1985 to 2010.
“I taught every grade from remedial reading to accelerated classes but spent most of my time as a middle school teacher. I really enjoyed the enthusiasm of the sixth, seventh and eighth graders,” Goldberg said. “I loved it. It is a fantastic profession.”
Goldberg has been a Galloway resident since 1976. Her children went through the Galloway and Greater Egg Regional High School district.
She was a member of the Parent Teacher Association ia member and co-chair for Concerned Citizens for Better Schools, and co-chaired the Children’s Committee for the Imagination Station Playground. She also worked with Go Green Galloway to help make the schools sustainable in 2011.
“I believe I would be an asset to the school board. Given the opportunity to serve as a board member I would work to promote an efficient school program and assure an outstanding education for all students,” Goldberg said. “I want a cooperative effort. If that is what you want in a board member then I ask that you vote for me Nov. 8.”
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